Local star society informant Corinne Black, public relations czarina
for the Assistance League of Newport Mesa, reports that Art Linkletter
will front a March 8 luncheon event for the League. The afternoon with
Linkletter will unfold at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Tennis
Club beginning with a late morning reception followed by luncheon and an
address by Linkletter.
The event is sponsored by the Las Reinas and the Virginia Castle
auxiliaries of the Assistance League of Newport Mesa. The fourth annual
spring fund-raiser will feature a silent auction, an opportunity drawing
and more, with tickets priced at $75 per person. The Assistance League of
Newport Mesa, founded in 1940, serves the children of this community
through programs including the Children's Dental Health Center, the
Community Outreach Program, Kids on The Block and Operation School Bell.
Tickets are available by making a reservation with the League office
at (949) 645-6929.
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The 26th annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards sponsored by the
Volunteer Center of Orange County were bestowed upon a diverse cross
section of honorees including a significant contingent of Newport-Mesa
participants. The recent event, featuring a luncheon and awards
presentation, drew a crowd of near 1,000 guests to the Disneyland Hotel
Underwritten by Newport's Crean Foundation, Elizabeth and Thomas
Tierney, Elizabeth Steele and Newport's Pacific Life, the presentation
was chaired by Ronna Shipman with support from Sue Cannon, Betty Belden
Palmer, Laura Benson, S.P. Callaway, Peggy Goldwater Clay, Sara Corrigan,
Carol Dooley, Chuch Dreyer, Kendall and Steve Funt, Kelly Gonis, Diane
Killeen, Carol Latham, Sharon Paisley, Elva Rubalcava, Priscilla Schoch
and Jean Simon.
The Volunteer Center of Orange County, in association with the Points
Of Light Foundation, seeks to promote awareness about volunteerism and
service opportunities within Orange County. Special days have been
designated as "Seasons of Service Days" and they include the following:
Cesar Chavez Day Of Service And Learning, March 23; National Volunteer
Week, April 21-27; Earth Day, April 22; Volunteer Connection Day , April
27; National Youth Service Days, April 26-28; Join Hands Day, June 15;
Make A Difference Day, Oct. 26; National Family Volunteer Day, Nov. 23;
and Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day, Jan. 20.
Olga and Fernando Niebla received the Giving Is Living Award,
presented to a couple for their distinguished service and commitment to
strengthening volunteerism in the community. The honor was presented to
the Nieblas by Newport's Elizabeth and Tom Tierney, honorary chairs of
the event as well as recipients of last year's award.
Among the other award recipients were Newport's Patricia Neisser on
behalf of the Orange County Protocal Foundation, Merle Hatleberg on
behalf of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa, Sophie Cripe on
behalf of Human Options, Matt Humphrey on behalf of Share Our Selves,
Fred Birch on behalf of Parents Without Partners, Dave Snowden on behalf
of Hoag Hospital Foundation, Jack Hernance on behalf of Costa Mesa Senior
Center, Eileen Saul on behalf of ChildHelp USA and Laura Blatchford on
behalf of the Blind Children's Learning Center.
Proceeds from the luncheon are expected to top the $75,000 mark. For
more information on how you can get involved in the community, contact
Frances Rozner at (714) 953-5757, Ext. 134.
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The Divas of The Balboa Theater, a dedicated group of women raising
significant funds to restore the old brick theater on the Balboa
Peninsula, are planning an Academy Awards themed gala fund-raiser to be
held March 23 at the Clubhouse at Pelican Hill.
Darby Manclark, Carol Durham and Nancy Irvine will co-chair the
evening, which will feature a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle as the opportunity
drawing prize. The generosity of Ray Fladeboe Volkswagen, in the Irvine
Auto Center, is making the car drawing possible, even permitting the
winner to choose their favorite car color from available Fladeboe stock.
Denice Mock is chairing the Volkswagen opportunity drawing, with
tickets selling at $50 each. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold.
Pretty good odds to take home a Beetle and at the same time help to raise
funds to help to restore the historic turn of the century Balboa Theater.
Eve Kornyei serves as the current president of The Divas. Additional
support comes from Joanne Pavia, Peggy Whitehead, Christeen Shively,
Mitzi Wells, Nancy Lynn Olson, S.P. Callaway, Sue Cannon, Patti
Tomaselli, Debbie Newmeyer, Debbie Schweickert and Lana Chandler.
To purchase a ticket to either the Academy Awards party or the
opportunity drawing, please call (949) 673-0895.
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